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Masterpiece Theatre; Railway Children, The

Railway Children - Final Packaged Show

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Masterpiece Theatre
Railway Children, The
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

Originally published in 1906, The Railway Children has never been out of print. E. Nesbit's beloved children's tale stars Jenny Agutter (A Respectable Trade, Bramwell, Logan's Run, Walkabout) as Mrs. Waterbury, a melancholy mother whose three children adopt a tiny trunk railway after the family is cast into dire straits by the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Waterbury. Millions of grown-ups remember Agutter as the oldest railway child, Roberta, in the famous 1970 movie version of the book. This time around Jemima Rooper plays Bobbie, joined by Jack Blumenau as Peter and Clare Thomas as Phyllis ("Phil"). And in his television debut, the legendary Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape) stars as the Old Gentleman, a kindly codger who befriends the children and ultimately rescues their father, played by Michael Kitchen (Oliver Twist, Reckless).



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